1972

  • Three clergyman, including Leonard Wymore with the North America Christina Convention, conceive the idea of creating a group for religious conference managers.

1973

  • Wymore is appointed executive secretary and the Religious Convention Managers Association holds its first annual conference in Louisville, Ky. There were 23 people in attendance.

1982

  • Organization is incorporated as the Religious Conference Management Association; Dr. DeWayne Woodring appointed to lead the association.

1983

  • First annual Who's Who In Religious Conference Management is published.

1984

  • RCMA establishes office with full-time staff in Indiana's Hoosier Dome.

1987

  • The association creates RCMA Highlights, its own daily newspaper covering events and tutorials during the annual conferences.

1990

  • The Indiana Society of Association Executives names RCMA “Association of the Year.”

  • Religious Conference Manager magazine is launched in black and white.

1991

  • RCMA establishes the first industry scholarship program to help members needing financial assistance to become Certified Meeting Professionals.

1992

  • The full color Religious Conference Manager magazine debuts, the first periodical dedicated to this professional field.

1994

  • RCMA expands its world headquarters and services to its ever increasing membership.

1996

  • Complimentary AD&D insurance is provided to all RCMA members.

2000

  • RCMA creates its own Web page and e-mail address.

  • Religious Conference Manager awarded best design in magazines.

2005

  • RCMA conference has first online registration (pc/nametag).

2005

  • RCMA begins annual donation of $100,000 to the World Food Program.

2007

  • DeWayne Woodring receives the Sagamore of the Wabash Award from the governor of Indiana during the 35th Anniversary RCMA World Conference in Louisville, Ky.

2008

  • RCMA relocates its headquarters from RCA Dome to 7702 Woodland Drive, Suite 120, Indianapolis, Ind.

2011

RCMA board elects Harry Schmidt as executive director following the retirement of Woodring.